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Report: Derek Holland out until at least late August
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland (knee) isn't ready to begin a rehab assignment after all, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Holland was expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on July 22 or 23, but the date has been pushed back, according to a source.

The Rangers aren't expecting Holland to return until late August at the earliest. He is expected to make four rehab starts before coming off the DL.

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Bobby Doran traded to White Sox's Triple-A team
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Astros have traded pitcher Bobby Doran to the White Sox, for a player to be named later, the teams announced Thursday.

The White Sox assigned Doran to Triple-A Charlotte. He had a 5.36 ERA in 80 2/3 innings for Triple-A Oklahoma prior to the trade. 

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Shawn Kelley says he's back to pre-injury form
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley, who's pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings the last two days, said he feels like he did before a back injury sent him to the disabled list.

"The first handful of outings, there was still some concern about my back," he told The Journal News. "It felt fine, but when you walk around for a month and you can barely bend over, it tends to get ingrained in your mind. I’ve had a few weeks now straight where I haven’t had to wake up in the morning thinking about my back, and I think that’s allowed me to get back to where I was before I got hurt."

Kelley is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and four saves in five chances.

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Mookie Betts moves up in lineup
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Red Sox rookie outfielder Mookie Betts was moved up from eighth to sixth in the batting order for Thursday's game against the White Sox. Betts went 2 for 3 with two runs scored Wednesday, highlighted by an 11-pitch at-bat against Chicago ace Chris Sale.

Over his last four games, Betts is 5 for 16 with a homer and four runs scored.

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Reds DFA struggled Brett Marshall
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Reds designated pitcher Brett Marshall for assignment Thursday, in order to clear up a spot on the 40-man roster.

Marshall has struggled badly since returning from a finger injury this season, posting a 10.97 ERA with 27 walks in 21 1/3 innings. 

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Alex Gordon not expected to hit disabled list
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon's sprained right wrist isn't expected to land him on the disabled list, manager Ned Yost told MLB.com.  Gordon was scratched from Wednesday's lineup but served as a defensive replacement late in the game.

"I don't think we're going to have to DL him," Yost said. "It's a sprained wrist. I think he's going to go in, they're going to check it and they're going to inject it, and then, he's going to have four days [during the Detroit series] and four days [during the All-Star period], and he's going to be fine. If I put him on the DL, I'll lose him for another week."

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Ryan Braun returns from back injury
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Phillies, after missing two games with a back injury. Braun had been available off the bench for Wednesday's game, so his return does not come as much of a surprise at this point. 

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Hisashi Iwakuma, Chris Young set for weekend series
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Mariners set their rotation for this weekend's series against the Athletics Wednesday, according to The News Tribune.

Felix Hernandez was bumped back a day to start Friday, as previously announced. Hisashi Iwakuma will follow him Saturday, and Chris Young will get one more start before the All-Star break, set for Sunday's first half closer.

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Jed Lowrie sets career mark
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie has produced a career-high five straight multi-hit games. He's gone 2 for 4 in each, raising his average to .234. In that span, Lowrie has scored five runs and driven in two.

Despite his poor average, Lowrie's 23.7 percent line-drive rate is his best since his rookie year, notes MLB.com.

"Literally everything is exactly the same, except the hits weren't falling," Lowrie said before Wednesday's game. "It still is a head-scratcher."

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Scott Kazmir deadly in the daytime
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir, who faces the Giants on Thursday afternoon, has been utterly dominant in day games. He's 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA in six afternoon starts. For the season, Kazmir is 10-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 18 starts.

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